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  • FUSE, Inc.: October 2020 FUSE Ink Newsletter

    News You Can Use from FUSE
    October  2020

    As the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, FUSE will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as things evolve. The safety and well being of FUSE families and professional partners is of utmost importance in all decisions. 

    Please remember we are available to support you during this time. Our office is now open to visitors, but are still requesting that you call to schedule an appointment . Feel free to call the FUSE office at 317-462-9064.  You can also email us at scummins@fuseinc.org or clocke@fuseinc.org.


    ABA 101 with ACE Autism Center

    Monday, October 5
    6:30 - 8:30 pm


    Our first October meeting will feature a presentation from Michelle Sears from ACE, Autism Center for Enrichment, ABA 101! Topics to be covered include:
    *Overview of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)
    *Benefits of utilizing ABA therapy as well as what it entails and the skills that it focuses on
    *The who, what, when, where, and why’s of ABA
    *ABA during COVID
    *Time to discuss questions and concerns that parents/caregivers may have
    About the Speaker:
    Michelle Sears, MA, BCBA, is the Chief Operations Officer at ACE, Autism Center for Enrichment. Michelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is also well-versed in the financing of ABA.
    Monday, October 5, 2020
    6:30 to 8:30 pm
    Topic: ABA 101 with ACE Autism Center for Enrichment
    Time: Oct 5, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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    Meeting ID: 876 1198 9874
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    Problem Solving all things COVID-19 with Stephanie Gustin

    Monday, October 12
    6:30 - 8:30 pm

     Please join us as we welcome back Stephanie Gustin of Interlocal Community Action Program (ICAP) and Facebook group, Chronicles of COVID-19. Stephanie is a wealth of local information and resources, especially surrounding housing and mental health.
    Since Stephanie Gustin was in junior high school, she has had a very strong passion for assisting individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. She started as a classroom helper while in school, and was eventually founder and president of the Cougar Connection Club at Greenfield-Central High School (which later became Best Buddies). Stephanie graduated from Greenfield-Central High School in 2002 and went on to attend Ivy Tech. After college, she worked for a couple of disability service providers where she held many positions, from support staff to residential director. Stephanie later took some time off to care for her children at home, but remained very active in the disability community. She has been an instructional assistant in a special education classroom and has assisted people with disabilities to participate in a community theater group. Stephanie lives in Greenfield and has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over a decade. Together they have 3 wonderful children who make their lives whole.
    Topic: Local Resources with Stephanie Gustin
    Time: Oct 12, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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    FUSE-D back to In-Person Meetings

    Tuesday, October 20
    6:30 – 8:30 pm

     FUSE is excited to be hosting a monthly meeting just for Dads, which we call FUSE-D! FUSE-D meetings offer Dads and other male caregivers a chance to meet casually with each other, share a meal, and talk about their families from a man's perspective.
    FUSE-D meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in Greenfield, at 6:30. NEW for 2020, FUSE-D will meet at Chicago's Pizza! FUSE will pick up the tab for the dinner (up to $12/per person). Dads who choose to purchase alcohol will need to pay for those on a separate check. Meetings are hosted by Wade Davison. Just ask to be directed to the FUSE Dads table when you arrive!

    Next meeting is:
    October 20, 2020
    Chicago's Pizza
    1031 N State St., Greenfield
    6:30 pm

    Dads, let us know you are coming so we can plan ahead for seating
    Click here to register


    Join us on October's Friday Parents Night In Meet Up via Zoom!

    Anyone else need adult conversation?
    We would like to invite you to another Friday Night In with FUSE!
    Join us on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 8 pm. Use the Zoom meeting information that is listed below to meet and chat with other parents.
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    Meeting ID: 847 6595 1914
    Passcode: 756400
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    We hope on Friday night you will grab a Diet Coke or adult beverage and relax with FUSE parents!
    *Zoom also has an app for smart phones and tablets!


    Adaptive Swim Starts This Friday, October 9

    FUSE is pleased to offer our 16th annual adaptive swim program for children with disabilities.  The adaptive swim program is geared toward non-swimmers and beginning swimmers with disabilities of all types who need to build swimming skills to become independent in the water.  Each swimmer is assisted in the water by a one-on-one volunteer. Swimmers from age 5 to 15 can participate.  For details, see the information below.


    Location:  Hancock Wellness Center, 888 W New Road, Greenfield

    Schedule:  6:15 to 7:15 pm, beginning Friday, October 9, and ending Friday, November 20

    Fee: $80 payable to FUSE, Inc. Limited scholarships are available. See the swim application for more details.

    Limited to 15 swimmers.  A waiting list will be maintained if more than 15 applications are received.


    Click here to download the 2020 Swimmer Application


    Information for interested volunteers:

    Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with children ages 5 to 15 in the water.  Volunteers must be ages 15 or older.  Both adult and student volunteers are essential to the success of the program, so both are encouraged to apply!  No previous experience is required.  Volunteers must have basic swimming skills and be comfortable working with children of various types of disabilities under the direction of the adaptive swim instructor and other volunteer program consultants. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least 5 of the 7 Fridays of the program. If you cannot commit to that many sessions, you can participate as a substitute on weeks where we have a need.  Contact us for more information.


    Click here to download the 2020 Volunteer Registration Form

    HW Agreement of Release and Waiver of Liability


    For questions, call Courtney Locke at 317-462-9064 or email clocke@fuseinc.org.

    During this difficult time, it is more important than ever for FUSE to be available to provide the information and supports that families and individuals with disabilities need to understand and navigate all of the changes in services and resources.  If you agree our work is essential or have benefited from our services in the past, we invite you to invest in our future by making a donation today. We appreciate your support in this trying time! 



    Zoom Meetings: A Quick Tutorial


    It's a reasonable bet that most of us have done at least one Zoom (or similar) meeting during this pandemic, but maybe you haven't and it seems intimidating! Never fear. It's easy once you get the hang of it. Here's a quick tutorial just in case. 

    First set up a free account on Zoom prior to the call at https://zoom.us/. You can do that via a computer or your phone.  If you prefer to use your phone or iPad for the meeting, you will need to download the app to your device.
    A few minutes before the call, just click the link provided for your meeting.  If you do not get directly to the meeting room, you may need to enter the meeting ID. You will also be asked for the password to enter.

    Once you are in the meeting, at the bottom of your screen you should see a place to turn on your microphone and your video. If things get too loud at your house, you can mute your mic as needed, but you can still hear the call. If your computer does not have a web cam, you can still hear, you just won't be able to appear live on screen.

    On a computer the participants are displayed on the screen "Brady Bunch" style, called a gallery. On an iPad, you can select gallery view in the upper left corner of the screen. Phone screens start in "active speaker" view with additional participants in thumbnails at the bottom. You can swipe to scroll through participants. You can also swipe left on the active speaker to show more participants ( a smaller gallery due to screen size). If you keep swiping left you can add up to four participants in your view. Continue swiping left to view additional participants.

    If you want to practice accessing zoom ahead of time just give one of our links a try. You will know you have been successful if you get a message letting you know the meeting hasn't started yet with the date and time. We can help talk you through if you contact us before the call has started (the earlier the better of course!).

    Remember FUSE when doing your estate planning. FUSE has an operating endowment at the Hancock County Community Foundation. For more information visit  


    If you shop at Kroger, register your Kroger Rewards Card to benefit FUSE!  Visit
    krogercommunityrewards.com  and select FUSE to benefit each time you shop!

    You still get the same benefits from using the card, but FUSE receives a donation from Kroger too, so it's a win/win!
    AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

    Click here to support FUSE while you shop on Amazon!

    Event Text Reminders

    Did you know you can receive reminder texts for monthly meetings in Hancock County or Shelby county, as well as our special events?

    Just text the appropriate message below to 313131 for the events you want to get reminders. Be sure to put a space between the phrase "RemindmeFUSE" and the event name.
    RemindmeFUSE Hancock

    RemindmeFUSE Shelby

    RemindmeFUSE SpecialEvent

    RemindmeFUSE Dads

    RemindmeFUSE Meet Ups

    If you do not get a text back within a few seconds, please contact us for assistance.
    FUSE empowers families and individuals with disabilities and mental health needs by providing information, training, support and encouragement.